Speaking of Yevtushenko

October 10, 2007 at 7:52 am 2 comments

As I was. Over here.

People

No people are uninteresting.

Their fate is like the chronicles
of the planets.


Nothing in them is not particular,

And planet is dissimilar to planet.


And if a man lived in obscurity

making his friends in that obscurity

obscurity is not uninteresting.


To each his world is private,

and in that world one excellent minute.


And in that world one tragic minute.

These are private.


If any man who dies there dies with him

his first snow and kiss and fight.

It goes with him.


They are left books and bridges

and painted canvas and machinery.


Whose fate is to survive.

But what has gone is also not nothing:


by the rule of the game something has gone.

Not people die but worlds die in them.


Whom we knew as faulty, the earth’s creatures.

Of whom, essentially,what did we know?


Brorther of a brother? Friend of friends?

Lover of lover?


We who knew our fathers

in everything, in nothing.


They perish. They cannot be brought back.

The secret worlds are not regenerated.


And every time again and again

I make my lament against destruction.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

One of my dad’s favourites.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eva  |  October 11, 2007 at 6:50 am

    I love Yentushenko! He was one of my picks for ted’s poetry challenge.

    He also visited my college, and went out to lunch with the Russian majors, while I was studying abroad in Russia. 😦 Talk about ironies.

  • 2. meli  |  October 11, 2007 at 7:03 am

    oh no!! i bet you had fun in russia though.

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